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West Hants Historical Museum

Clipping, Newspaper


Accession number: 2019.20.7
Date: October 25 1902
Materials: Paper
Measurements: 25 cm W x 70 cm H
Vessel Name: African, Barkentine
Narrative: The 1902 newspaper article chronicles aspects of the shipping industry of the Minas Basin area of Nova Scotia. Captain, first and second mate names, name of the ship, cargo being hauled and origin and destination ports.
Description: Photocopy of an article that appeared in the Machias Republic newspaper (Maine, USA) of October 25, 1902 which gives an account of the wreck of the barkentine, African, which was hauling coal from Parrsboro, NS to Boston. Captain Lewis Fielding and first and second mates (brothers) are given as Fred and Lewis Marsters.
History of Use: Newspaper clipping of a 1902 ship wreck that related to a family member.  Specifically: First mate on the ship that was wrecked off the coast of Maine USA (the barkentine African) was Fred Marsters, who was the grandfather of Cyril Marsters of Summerville Hants County, NS. Cyril later married Rowena (Reenie) Marsters who gifted the copy of the newspaper article upon Cyril's death.